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SOCIALISM UNAVOIDABLE
tice night orgy this time. People at home
are tasting the hardships of war even more
tediously and irritatingly than the men on active
service. Cinemas, theatres, have been shut
prematurely, black-outs have diminished the
safety of the streets and doubled the tale of road
casualties. The British crowd is already a sullen
crowd. The world has not seen it in such a bad
temper for a century and a half, and, let there
be no mistake about it, it is far less in a temper
with the Germans than it is with its own rulers.
Through all this swirling intimidating propa-
ganda of civil disorder and a systematic suppres-
sion of news and criticism of the most exasperating
sort, war preparation has proceeded, The
perplexed and haffled citizen can only hope
that on the militaiy side there has been a little,
more foresight aifd less hysteria.
The loss of confidence and particularly coi
dence in the gc^rnment and social arcfei
already enormous. No one feels secure, in his
job, in his services, in his savings, any longer.
People lose confidence even in the money in their
pockets. And human society is built on confidence.
It cannot carry on without it.
Things are like this already and it is only the
opening stage of this strange war. The position
of the ruling class and the financial people who
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